Tag: Second Amendment

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The common theme in this month’s Group Writing group is “Order”. I am interpreting “order” as analogous to “well-regulated”, specifically as in, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” I think it is time to […]

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Hillsdale College, Shooting Guns, and More

 
From left to right: Sheila Brey, instructor; Gena Grant, event coordinator; Shannan Chada, instructor; and Sheila Hoekstra, lead instructor

Trust me: if you love to shoot pistols, trap, skeet, archery, 3-D archery, and sporting clays, you must check out Hillsdale College! I’ve been here for just under a week, and I have grown in so many ways. It’s so satisfying to visit a college that is so deeply committed to the Constitution and is preparing our young people for the future; to be with people who share my values and where I’m supported in practicing Judaism; and where I have excellent instructors who have improved my shooting skills dramatically.

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political podcast number 176 (gads!) it’s the Lib on Lib edition of the show with you Conservative on Conservative hosts Todd Feinburg, radio guy, and Mike Stopa, nano-artificial-intelligencist. Welcome. Yes, welcome!

This week we discuss the lovely noises and gnashing of teeth that ensues when liberals face off against other liberals. In a couple of elections in the northeast (Massachusetts and Connecticut to be exact) two Black/Latino/gay politicians and labor organizers are squaring off against the white Democrat establishment in the state. These two challengers – Ayanna Pressley against sitting congressman Mike Capuano and Eva Bermudez Simmerman against Susan Bysiewicz for CT lieutenant governor – have decided to just wander off – Wander Off! – the Democrat plantation, *They* say that the Democrats are not doing enough for Blacks and Latinos! *They* say that Blacks and Latinos owe no special allegiance to the Democrat Party.

Caution: Using This Product Against Armed Citizens Might Result in Injury or Death

 

A video showing an armed plainclothes Brazilian police woman fighting back against an armed attacked has gone viral and is popping up all over my social media feed. My friend John Corriea breaks down the video from a tactical perspective on his YouTube channel, but caution: There is no blood shown, however, someone does wind up assuming room temperature. The video itself and how’s it’s gone viral, though, have some interesting implications for the larger efforts to fight back against gun control and keep and expand our right to self-defense.

One of the methods currently used by those opposed to the right of self defense is the proven strategy of making guns “uncool,” and holding gun manufacturers liable for their misuse, which is essentially the same methods used against the tobacco companies to limit the use of their products.

One of the examples of this strategy in the fight against private ownership of guns is the efforts to repeal the Protection in Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, (PLCAA) which shields firearms manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits designed to drive them out of business, such as the lawsuit brought against online ammo seller Lucky Gunner by the parents of a victim of the Aurora theater shooter, implying somehow that Lucky Gunner was liable because they somehow knew beforehand that their ammo was going to used in such a horrific manner. Due in part to the PLCAA, the suit was dismissed by Judge Richard P. Matsch, who also order the plaintiffs to pay a healthy chunk of Lucky Gunner’s legal fees (which Lucky Gunner later earmarked for use by gun rights organizations (*sniff*… I love a happy ending…).*

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Former FBI Director James Comey is a fan of gun control. Referring to “reasonable restrictions” on the right of the people to keep and bear arms, Mr. Comey recently said that gun control is “Not a slippery slope, it’s a concrete set of stairs built by America’s founders.” Awesome words, Mr. Comey. However, stairs go […]

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I’ve just posted an article on my blog about a Firearm Restraining Order bill that I’ve been negotiating in the Illinois House. My aim is to help deter the instances of mass shootings while protecting civil liberties. I’ve also posted a video discussing the bill: Preview Open

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Something Isn’t Working as It Should

 

In a few short months, gun owners have gone from counting votes in the Senate to get CCW reciprocity passed nationwide to fighting for our Second Amendment lives.

Gun owners are in a culture war and we’re losing. The forces of civilian disarmament are using the techniques of the anti-smoking movement against the private ownership of guns and they’ve had more success curbing civilian gun ownership with this tactic than they’ve had fighting a political war over the previous 10 years.

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I don’t think the left believes they can repeal the second amendment, or even significantly strengthen gun laws. I think they have adopted the model of the anti-tobacco movement: Taking a legal product and making it so socially disapproved that anyone who uses it is considered outside the pale of acceptability. That worked really well […]

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John Paul Stevens’ Gun Problem

 

This past week, former United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens boldly called for the repeal of the Second Amendment, which reads in its entirety: “A well regulated militia, being necessary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

Justice Stevens made two arguments. First, he claimed that the late Justice Antonin Scalia misread the Second Amendment when he held in D.C. v. Heller (2008) that it prevents the District of Columbia from prohibiting Dick Heller, a D.C. special policeman, from keeping or carrying a side-arm in his home for the purposes of self-defense. Justice Scalia said that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms, unconnected with service in the militia. Second, spurred on by the mass killings at Parkland High School, Justice Stevens argued that the Second Amendment, as construed, was a “relic” that imposed outdated restrictions on the proper regulation of guns.

Stevens goes one for two. He is right that Scalia’s reading of the Second Amendment is incorrect, but wrong to think that Scalia’s interpretation of that amendment precludes any sensible reform in gun regulations. The constitutional and policy issues are often linked politically, but they are conceptually distinct and thus best considered separately.

Firearms and Freedom

 

In 1996, a madman murdered 35 people in Port Arthur, Tasmania. As a result, the Australian government, led by one of Australia’s greatest Prime Ministers in John Howard, introduced a ban on all semi-automatic and automatic weapons. To achieve this ban, Howard introduced a buyback scheme in which firearm owners would be compensated for giving up their weapons. Although this move had bipartisan support, at the time it was opposed by many people, particularly those in regional Australia where many primary producers own firearms.

Today, no politician in Australia hoping to get elected would support going back to the pre-Port Arthur firearms laws. Indeed, any change that would help responsible firearms owners, no matter how minor, is opposed by the Green Party and other extremists of the left. Truly, the best we can hope for in Australia is the status quo.

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“Right now, America is in a state of fundamental moral conflict. On the one side, we have a group of people with incredible power available at their fingertips. Most of them have no desire to hurt anyone and simply wish to be left alone. A relatively minor few have abused that power and caused catastrophic […]

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The Futility Of An “Assault Weapons Ban,” In One Photo

 

One is not an assault weaponHere is a photo of three AR-15 rifles owned by my friend Tamara, the Handgun Editor at Shooting Illustrated. Two of them would be considered “Assault Weapons” under the terms of the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, one is fully compliant and not considered to be an “assault weapon.”

Which is which, and why?

This is the problem with trying to make a law about things we don’t like: laws require rules, and not liking the idea of an “assault weapon” in civilian hands is a feeling, not a rule. People can march in the streets and rant about the NRA all they want but, at the end of the day, when laws have to be written, they must be written around regulations, not emotions.

Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy watching new Republican ads tying incumbent Senate Democrats to Hillary Clinton’s trashing of Trump voters. They also respond to former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who says individual gun rights should have vanished at the same time as state militias and that the second amendment ought to be repealed. And they get a kick out of the New York Times breathlessly revealing that state laws designed to limit abortion are all part of an effort by pro-life activists to reverse Roe v. Wade.

My Encounter with Gun Control Fanatics

 

We had been seated for only a few minutes at the Grille, the restaurant in our gated community. Suddenly I saw my husband’s eyes open, then roll, as he shook his head in disgust. He was looking behind me, and as I turned around, I saw a couple sitting down at a table for two. Standing in front of their table for all to see was a white sign with the large letters “AR IS FOR WAR.” We live in a 55+ community, so the man was no youngster. His hair was grey, as was his wife’s, and he was wearing a distinctive military cap on his head, although I couldn’t read what it said.

We called our waiter over, who is a very nice young man, and said this was not the place for a political statement. He said he couldn’t do anything, but said he would let the manager know. After several minutes, the manager didn’t appear, so my husband lost his patience and went to fetch her. She told him she didn’t realize it was a political sign. Right. Several minutes later she appeared at the table with the sign, chatted, and left. Nothing else was done.

I could see that my husband was working up a head of steam; neither of us could let go of the couple’s insistence on making what we considered to be an offensive political statement. I finally told my husband that I was going over to see what kind of statement they thought they were making. I saw that the man was a Seabee from his hat, and said my husband was a Vietnam War vet. The conversation went somewhat like this:

Enough.

 

As I write this, thousands of people are participating in “The March For Our Lives” demonstrations in our nation’s capitol and in other cities across the country. The marches are a response to the horrific shooting in Parkland, Florida. The students who are participating in this march are scared of the violence that happens all too frequently in our neighborhoods.

I understand and share in that fear. In 2006, when my wife and I lived in Phoenix, there was a violent home invasion in the Arcadia district and a three-year-old boy was kidnapped. Our oldest son was three years old at the time, and it had a profound effect on how my wife and I perceived our personal safety.

“I want a home alarm system,” she said. “We’ll get one,” I said. “I also want a gun.”

Jim Geraghty of Radio America and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome the news that Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker will not become “the Brett Favre of politics” as the senator confirms he will honor his initial decision not to run for re-election this year. They also discuss efforts by House Democrats to ban every semi-automatic firearm that has a detachable magazine and every one that can hold more than ten rounds, with Jim detailing the random, uninformed approach Democrats appear to be taking on this issue. They have some fun with the news actress Stacey Dash and former MSNBC hothead Dylan Ratigan are running for Congress. And they pay tribute to National Review Founder William F. Buckley, Jr. ten years after his death.

Ever Get the Feeling You’ve Been Cheated, Jake?

 

Jake, for some time now, you’ve been one of the few mainstream media reporters I could tolerate, because you seemed like you played it straight. I may not always agree with how you presented the news, but it seemed like you took the time to try to understand both sides and let that understanding guide your stories.

So my question for you is this: When did you find out that a Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy stood by at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and did nothing as 17 children were slaughtered? Was it before the town hall, or after it? Would have moderated this Two Minutes Hate had you known that it was cowardice that led to this slaughter, not one particular style of gun? Would you have let Sheriff Lobo Israel run roughshod over Dana Loesch knowing that the incompetency of his department had a direct impact on the scope of the slaughter?

We Are Supposed to Be Armed

 

Over the last hundred or so years we have been step-by-step robbed of two of the most important elements essential to retaining our heritage, the American Character which produced it and the liberty that they both are grounded in.

One of these is a sense of true history. The other is the ability to reason objectively. Both are failures in education and in applying these elements to our daily lives. Nothing illustrates this more than almost constant national “discussion” on gun control and the Second Amendment.

Both sides seem to ignore the very real and “politically incorrect” fact that an unarmed society can never be a free society.